*For Wonder Mom
When you carried me,
I learned from you
as I swam upon
the river within you.
When you sang,
I learned to use my voice for joy
so that I too could sing
and find my own voice.
When you cried,
I learned how to comfort others
without having to say a word,
much as I comforted you then.
When you spoke to me,
I learned the gift of language,
hoping for the day
that I could tell you I loved you.
When you held me,
wrapped your arms around your stomach
to keep me safe as I floated on the river,
I learned that love could be
as beautiful as a hug
or as simple words whispered
in the comfort of night.
Everything great that I am today
I have learned from you.
You’ve given me my gift of courage,
the bravery that runs through me
runs also through you.
I am a warrior because
you’ve shown me how to be one.
My gift with words is from you.
I’ve knitted together whole worlds with them,
first to lose myself and then to find myself
so that I could bring myself home.
Words are magic that runs through us both.
I learned how to love from you,
to choose kindness whenever necessary,
because it was what you showed me
when I couldn’t defend myself.
I learned from my time in the river,
from words you didn’t speak out loud
but that I could hear on the waves
that surrounded me.